Wednesday, 7:30 pm EST February 17, 2021
Online via Zoom
Zibby Owens, host of the hit podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, joins her mother Ellen Katz along with author Jewell Parker Rhodes (Ghost Boys) and her daughter, author Kelly McWilliams (Agnes at the End of the World) for a discussion on motherhood and the time management required to maintain an active reading life.
Owens’s new anthology Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology is on sale February 16, 2021 and explores the ever-increasing demands on a mother’s time, especially during quarantine, through a collection of essays from the likes of actress Evangeline Lilly and authors Rene Denfield (The Child Finder), Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project), and Chris Bohjalian (The Flight Attendant).
All proceeds from the anthology will go to the Susan Felice Owens Program for COVID-19 Vaccine Research through the Mount Sinai Health System. The program is dedicated to Zibby’s late mother-in-law and helps fundraise for vaccine research. More information can be found here.
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Zibby Owens is the creator and host of award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books. Zibby, named “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” by New York magazine’s Vulture, conducts warm, inquisitive conversations with authors as wide-ranging as Alicia Keys and Lena Dunham to Delia Owens and Natalie Portman, making her show a top literary podcast as selected by Oprah.com two years in a row. She also created the Moms Don’t Have Time to Lose Weight community and hosts the accompanying podcast.
Zibby is a regular contributor to Good Morning America online and the Washington Post, and has contributed to Real Simple, Parents, Marie Claire, Redbook, and many other publications. She has appeared on CBS This Morning, the BBC, NPR’s All Things Considered, and elsewhere.
A Midwesterner by birth, Ellen Katz has been a New Yorker since 1972. That’s where she raised her two children and served on the boards of Mount Sinai Health System, the Child Mind Institute, Lincoln Center Theater and Northwestern University, from which she graduated as an art history major. Now spending winters in Arizona, Ellen has been very involved as a trustee of the Phoenix Art Museum and Barrow Neurological Institute. But her greatest involvement has been with her 14 grandchildren.
Kelly McWilliams is a mixed-race writer who has always gravitated towards stories about crossing boundaries and forging new identities. For this and so many other reasons, young adult literature will always be close to her heart. Her novel, Agnes at the End of the World, benefitted from a We Need Diverse Books Mentorship. She has loved crafting stories all her life, and her very first novel, Doormat, was published when she was just fifteen-years old. Kelly has also worked as a staff writer for Romper, covering issues important to women and families. She lives in Colorado with her partner and young daughter.
Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes
Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes
Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author and educator for both youth and adults. She is the author of six books for children including the New York Times bestseller Ghost Boys and Black, Brother, Black, Brother, both named Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. Her other books include Towers Falling, and the Louisiana Girls Trilogy: Ninth Ward, Sugar, and Bayou Magic. She can be found online at www.jewellparkerrhodes.com.
Moms Don't Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology
By Zibby Owens
Published by Skyhorse
For nearly three years, author, mother of four, and award-winning podcaster Zibby Owens has enthusiastically used her voice to address a widely acknowledged but rarely discussed issue: Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books. Through her podcast—dedicated to and named for this issue—and in dozens of literary salons and media appearances, she has introduced works of fiction and nonfiction that reflect women’s lives, allow them an escape, or shine a light on an issue that begs a conversation. What connects each project is the encouragement she offers women: to carve out the time to be engaged, to find pleasure in the pages of a book, or at least to make time for a literary chat with friends.
As the global pandemic took hold in 2020, Zibby created We Found Time, an online magazine of essays written by the authors she had come to know over the years and herself. The essays were inspired by all the things moms don’t have time to do—especially during the pandemic—like eat, work out, breathe, read, or have sex. It was an idea hatched before the coronavirus reshaped our lives, and it took flight in the confines of the lockdown.
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